This easy chicken salad recipe, filled with fresh grapes and roasted pecans, makes a quick, delicious, and satisfying meal! I like it heavy on the grapes for a satisfying burst of sweet and juicy flavor in every bite…
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Growing up, chicken salad wasn’t really on my radar. However, we did a lot of tuna salad, along with egg salad after Easter, of course.
It wasn’t until my then future husband and I started eating frequently at a quaint little restaurant near my dad’s Lake Erie cottage that I fell in love with it. This restaurant was well known for two things: the most amazing fresh cut French fries and chicken salad. After trying it once, I ordered the chicken salad (with the fries, of course!) nearly every time we visited. Oh, and they had drool-worthy homemade pies, too… I may have gained a few pounds that summer!
Anyhow, this easy chicken salad is very similar to theirs. Packed with lots of sweet and juicy red grapes, celery for extra crunch, and plenty of toasted chopped pecans, it has all the summery flavors that I crave.
I’m not a huge mayonnaise fan (although I do like a good homemade mayo), so I prefer to swap half of the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt when I’m making it. This hack does the double duty of lightening up the recipe a bit, while adding a little extra protein at the same time. I highly encourage you to try it!
Chicken Salad For A Crowd
Chicken salad is awesome for feeding a hungry crowd all summer long — and budget friendly when you pick up your ingredients at Sam’s Club. I used the Member’s Mark Canned Chicken Breast to make this recipe in a hurry, and it’s totally fabulous. High quality canned chicken breast is hard to come by, and this one totally makes the cut in my book.
My kids love (like really LOVE) the big, fluffy crescent rolls from Sam’s Club, so I grabbed a big tray of them. At under $6 for 12 giant rolls, they’re an excellent value. And they’re SO good piled high with this easy chicken salad recipe. I should have probably snagged two trays, because they don’t last long in our house…
On this most recent trip, I also picked up some Hubert’s® Lemonade as a special treat for my youngest daughter. She adores lemonade, and you can frequently find her in my kitchen making homemade lemon shake ups.
Hubert’s® is truly “happiness in a bottle.” She’s happy to have a refreshing sweet and tart beverage, and I’m pleased because I know it’s made with natural flavors and cane sugar. And because my kitchen stays a little cleaner, LOL… I get major Mom bonus points whenever I come home with Hubert’s®!
Easy Chicken Salad Recipe
This easy chicken salad recipe makes a BIG batch, which is perfect for our larger family (or when you’re hosting guests). But even if you’re not, the full recipe only gets better as it sits, and it’s just as tasty the next day as it is when it’s fresh.
It’s super versatile, so it definitely won’t go to waste. Serve it on croissants one night, and then try it for lunch the next day on a bed of butter lettuce. I also love it on this rye swirl bread that I find occasionally — lightly toasted for a bit of extra texture.
Chicken salad is very filling, so we typically keep our sides minimal. If you get a large bunch of grapes, just serve whatever you don’t use in the salad alongside of your sandwich. Pretzel chips are always a great addition to sandwiches, and you can grab a huge bag of them for a steal at Sam’s Club, as well. I’m ALL about summer meals made simple, and this is about as easy as it gets!
Easy Chicken Salad With Grapes
Yield 10-12 servings
- 3 (15-oz.) cans Member's Mark Canned Chicken Breast, drained
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup roasted pecans, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cups diced red grapes
- In a medium mixing bowl, shred the drained chicken.
- Add the celery, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, roasted pecans, salt and pepper, and mix well to combine. Gently fold in the diced grapes.
- Serve on croissants, toasted bread, crackers, or lettuce, as desired.
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